Portastatic
“Foam Hands” (Destroyer Cover)

Here’s Portastatic covering Destroyer’s “Foam Hands.” From Big Mac:

The idea for a whole EP of Merge covers stemmed from both listening to the SCORE! Merge covers compilation and from doing bookstore events to promote the Our Noise book, wherein we’d play some acoustic covers of songs that came out on Merge. Time permitting, this really could have been a much longer record, but in the spirit of quitting while I was ahead and also turning this in before the end of the year, I stopped at seven songs. Obviously, the Merge catalog is full of hundreds—thousands, actually—of songs I love, so I picked ones I either knew well or thought I could re-create without defiling too harshly. It wasn’t easy to narrow down, so I just tried not to think about it too much, and then time constraints set in…

• Portastatic: http://www.portastatic.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

David Byrne

“Please Don’t” (feat. Santigold)

David Byrne + Santigold. Byrne’s project Here Lies Love with Fatboy Slim is due February 23.

• David Byrne: http://www.davidbyrne.com
Here Lies Love: http://www.davidbyrne.com/here_lies_love
• Nonesuch: http://www.nonesuch.com

Soundpool

“But It’s So”

From Killer Pimp:

Soundpool is a 5-piece band from NYC whose third album is their dive into uncharted realms of shoegaze-disco. Ulrich Schnauss calls them the “greatest f-n band in the world.”

The track is off Soundpool’s upcoming album Mirrors In Your Eyes, due early this year. The 7-inch single with B-side “Makes No Sense” is out January 26.

• Soundpool: http://myspace.com/soundpool
• Killer Pimp: http://killerpimp.com

Pelican

“Final Breath”

From Earsplit:

[“Final Breath”] closes the band’s new album What We All Come To Need, released by Southern Lord Records in late October. This track in particular breaks new ground for PELICAN, as the band’s first song to feature vocals! With video direction by Matt Santoro, known for his gorgeous and otherworldly conceptual work, the song comes to life as an entirely new entity within the video.”

• Pelican: http://www.myspace.com/pelican
• Southern Lord: http://www.southernlord.com

Islands

“No You Don’t”

“This Islands video directed by Derrick “Pinky” Beckles of TV Carnage with Michael Cera tripping on acid is pretty great,” quoth the publicist.

•Islands: http://www.myspace.com/islands
•Treasure Island Resort & Casino: http://www.treasureislandcasino.com

Chicago Underground Duo

“Spy On The Floor”

Rob Mazurek (cornet) and Chad Taylor (drums) of the Chicago Underground Duo have a new album, Boca Negra, on Thrill Jockey. Check it.

• Chicago Underground Duo: http://myspace.com/chicagoundergroundmusic
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

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